Taking a break

 Posted by on June 3, 2014  Add comments
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With my 75mm lens on my camera and 45 minutes on my own in London in which to nab a victim or two for a portrait, despite my enthusiasm, my bravery levels were a bit on the low side. The first people I approached were those with cameras taking photos of their fellow travellers and I offered to take photos of them together, with their cameras. It gave me practice in approaching strangers, even if I didn’t get as far as asking them for what I really wanted.
I passed a young kitchen hand/chef a couple of times before picking up the courage to approach him and received a big smile and a positive response, just as his colleague joined him on the window ledge. I checked he was happy too and captured an image of the two of them and asked if I could photograph them individually. This man didn’t look quite so keen on the idea but nodded. Unlike his friend, who gave a big ‘thumbs up’ and a huge grin for his portrait, this young man was more tentative, but I like the directness of his gaze.
I want to learn to talk with these strangers I approach so they’re more comfortable with me, and I more comfortable with them, before I capture their portrait. I’m interested in people and want to show that, but don’t want to be considered intrusive. The challenge continues ….

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  4 Responses to “Taking a break”

  1. There is no doubt Vicki, he is looking intently at you. You captured it!

  2. Vicki, this shows tentative to me and probably tells is a lot about both him and you. I think this is great! I look forward to the next one.

  3. I completely agree with Bruce. The energy that the photographer provides is reflected back by the subject.

    You are on a winning trail here Vicki – keep it up

  4. Thank you for your thoughts and encouragement, gentlemen! Yes – reflecting my tentativeness does sound rather likely. 🙂

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